CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 21, 1987
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(Studio: Charles Kuralt) Navy reported beginning inquiry into recent Iraqi missile attack on USS Stark.
(DC: David Martin) Reagan administration's expected decision to increase US naval presence in Persian Gulf through agreement with Kuwait noted; details given, scenes shown. Defense Department team said leaving soon for Iraq to begin joint investigation. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - wants Iraqi pilot's testimony.] [Pentagon spokesperson Robert SIMS -comments on recent encounter between USS Waddell and Iraqi pilots.] Reagan administration's response to Congress's call for War Powers Act adherence noted.
(DC: Terence Smith) [REAGAN - cites his commitment to United States presence in Persian Gulf.] President argument for defense agreement with Kuwait regarding their shipments of oil for Asia and Europe outlined. [REAGAN - recalls oil crisis of 1970s.] [Representative Robert TORRICELLI, Senator Sam NUNN - anticipate conflict with Iran now.] [Assistant secretary state Richard MURPHY - acknowledges risks.] White House said postponing seeking Congress approval of incrd. jet sales to Saudi Arabia in wake of Congress's criticism of Saudi failure to intercept Iraqi pilots noted.
(Studio: Charles Kuralt) Iraqi ambassador reported claiming Iraq has agreed in principal to pay compensation to families of Stark victims.